Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918 and COVID-19 Lesson

Grade Levels
7th - 10th
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24 pages
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This lesson on the 1918 "Spanish Flu" is an excellent resource to connect to the COVID-19 pandemic and compare how Americans reacted to the pandemics.

The download includes a complete lesson plan, 24 primary source images, newspaper clippings, cartoons, ads, and placards. There is also a first-person account of the pandemic, student worksheets, Google resources, links to online materials, and more!

The lesson plan has instructions on how to use all of the materials along with options for what work best with your students and ideas for differentiation.

The 1-page reading is survivor's account of the "Spanish Flu" striking one family and the strategies one grandmother used to help the family get healthy. This is a great one to compare to modern strategies for combating the flu.

The primary sources are collected into 8 groups and can be done:

  • In groups
  • Individually
  • As stations around the room
  • Digitally using the Google Slides and Google Docs

Students analyze the resources and take notes on what they learned about the pandemic from them. They then use that to answer a set of analysis questions and complete a Venn Diagram comparing the 1918 pandemic to the coronavirus pandemic.

A complete answer key is included for your convenience!

This can also be downloaded as part of my complete World War 1 Unit Plan Bundle.

Thank you for checking it out!

Total Pages
24 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.


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